2021 Youth in Action Grants have been Awarded!
Foundations in Faith Board of Trustees wishes to congratulate the 2021 Youth in Action grantees; Crossroads 4 Christ , for their collaboration between the Stamford and Fairfield Chapters, Our Lady of Fatima Parish - Bpt for their project- Our Lady's Vegetable Garden which will support their food pantry and St. Theresa Church who will collaborate with the other Trumbull youth groups to plan a post COVID-19 Comeback "Find Your Fire: Trumbull Catholic Youth Day"!
Foundations in Faith is thrilled to announce that the second year of the Youth in Action Grant opportunity is being announced and we have expanded our reach based upon the tremendous success of the first year projects. Things to know:
- The 2021 Grant Application is now live. All applications must be submitted online and by November 13th, 2020.
- We are inviting young Catholics in the Diocese of Bridgeport representing: 1) Catholic High Schools 2) Parish high school Youth Groups and 3) Young Adult (ages 20-35) Catholic Youth Groups working with Diocesan Priest or sponsoring Parish to apply for up to $5000 in funding.
- The projects that receive grant funding will run from January-December 2021
- Project ideas are ‘by youth and for youth” to deepen and enhance their Catholic faith Formation experiences. Adult mentor(s) will be a part of the team to help guide and support the youth.
- Projects design will incorporate 2 or 3 of the following elements: 1) Evangelization 2) Collaboration 3) Justice and Equity initiatives to dismantle discrimination.
View Only- Youth in Action Application (Applications must be submitted online. No hard copy or print outs of the “view only application” will be accepted)
A dedicated group of volunteers on the Foundations in Faith Grant Committee will review your grant requests and make recommendations for funding to the Board of Trustees in early December. Please contact Kelly Weldon if you have any questions.
2020 Recipients Announced!
January 2020 - The Foundations in Faith Board of Trustees unanimously approved two Youth in Action grant recipients. The grant selected for a Diocese of Bridgeport High School Group was awarded to Cardinal Kung Academy in Stamford. Students will launch a "Tune in to your Faith" podcast/radio program called Amplify.
Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Bridgeport have a group of youth who seek to meet needs in their parish and their community. They will open and operate a food pantry as a Youth Group. The grant was written as a surprise for their priest who had dreamed of this mission but did not have the resources nor volunteer power. These projects were designed by youth and for youth. Feeding the brains and the bodies of our youth! Foundations in Faith awarded an initial grant of $2500 to each project with additional funds to be available at the mid year check in point.
We are listing, hearing, cheering and learning from our young people. Congratulations to both groups!
On September 25th Bishop Caggiano made an exciting announcement at the Foundations in Faith Bishop’s Reception. Two $5000 grants will be awarded; one to a to a Catholic High School and one to a Catholic Church high school aged Youth Group in the Diocese of Bridgeport. Known as the Youth in Action Grant it is “by youth – for youth”.
Bishop Frank is eager to hear young people’s ideas on how best to re-energize the teen Catholic faith experience. According to Bishop Frank, “We need to listen to their voices, and give them the space and resources to design programs and projects that will resonate with them.” Bishop Frank challenges the teens to propose a project that includes elements of 1) collaboration 2) evangelization 3) mission work.
According to Kelly Weldon “Too often we have adults deciding what would be best for our youth. Times are calling for us to flip the script and let the youth innovate and show us adults a new way of approaching our faith. The Youth in Action Grant is intended to be youth led with support and guidance from an adult mentor.”
The Youth in Action Grant Application is a google form that will be submitted electronically by November 22nd. A committee will review the grants applications and the best High School project and youth group project will be announced in December. The funded projects will begin in January 2020 and continue through the calendar year.
A link to the Youth in Action Application was first shared on Instagram @FoundationsinFaithbpt - Good luck to all the youth and their adult mentors who will be submitting applications.